A Charlotte-area yearbook manufacturing plant is closing its doors, and as many as 130 workers could lose their jobs.
Herff Jones, Inc., an Indianapolis-based company that manufactures and publishes educational products, recognition awards and other graduation-related items, announced plans to close its southeast Charlotte plant, located on Monroe Road near the Charlotte-Matthews line, by the end of the year.
Herff Jones has four other yearbook production plants throughout the U.S.
The Charlotte-area plant is the only one impacted by the consolidation of the companys yearbook division, said a spokeswoman for the company.
The Charlotte plant was one of two serving the eastern portion of the country. The other plant is in Gettysburg, Pa.
A company spokeswoman said it was decided that the Gettysburg plant was better-suited to meet the companys future needs for the East. She said Charlotte-area employees affected by the closing were notified Monday morning. She also said there may be an opportunity for some of those workers to be relocated.
According to published reports, the advent of the digital age has depressed sales in the yearbook industry.